The National Council for Adoption is not a part of the official National Adoption Awareness Month coalition. (I got this from the horse’s mouth!). But it does use November to promote adoption and to fund raise. (Is NAAM about anything else?)
Personally, I’d like love it if sealed records were nothing more than a matter of policy. It would be much easier to fix . But since states have enacted laws to seal records it’s a bit more than “policy,” especially when people in Charen’s camp demand birth certificates be sealed to protect “birthmothers’ right to privacy.” oops!
Advocates of total openness assume that confidentiality was an artifact of a bygone era when illegitimacy was shamed. Since we no longer attach stigma to unwed childbearing, they say, why make adoptees feel that there was something wrong with the way they came into the world?
Two years later, Charen was at it again, this time over baby dumping, claiming Bastard Nation is “anti-adoption” for opposing “safe haven” laws. In her not-so-clever attempt to smear opponents of “safe haven laws” she wrote:
Bastard Nation does not oppose adoption. However, we do oppose feel-good laws that legalize abandonment.
It might be fun to chat-up Mona over mint juleps at the Red Robin.
MC’ing Bow Tie & Pearls is political writer and Fox News talking head Michael Barone. I’m not sure what his connection is to adoption (if any) is, but he almost always looks distressed on TV. During the 2008 election Barone claimed that reporters trashed Sara Palin because “she did not abort her Down Syndrome baby.”
Inhofe is famous for saying during the investigation of torture at Abu Gharib that he was “outraged by the outrage” over the revelations of abuse. He claims that his family has never had a divorce or a homosexual, and supports a Constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. He believes the US should support Israel because the Bible says so. 9/11 according to the senator, was divine retribution for US failure to fully support Israel. (NOTE: Can’t NCFA get somebody less embarrassing than this guy?)
Landrieu is Ms AdoptaPol USA. There’s no adoption proposal in the Beltway that she doesn’t have her fingers on and in. She is the sponsor of two current major adoption bills: Promoting Adoption and Protecting Responsible Fatherhood Act (939) to establish a federal putative father registery, which, as written, causes more harm than good; and Families & Orphans Act of 2009 (S1438), a new way to scoop up kids in faraway places with strange sounding names.
If kicking out the jams with Mona, Mike, Jim, and Mary doesn’t excite you, how about the live auction? Top prizes are a trip to Villa Bella Vita located in the Pelican Key Estates neighborhood of Dutch St. Maarten (rental: $14,000/week) and a family ski vacation to Utah’s Silver Lake Village valued at $8,000. Gee, I wonder who donated this! I’m having a problem with linking those, but you can find them by clicking the Black Tie & Pearls link at the top of this blog.
If your tux is lost at the cleaners or your pearls are in hock, and you can’t make it to the Willard anyway, you can still help out by purchasing raffle tickets online. (Go to Black Tie & Pearls link)
First Prize: Tiffany & Company pearl necklace designed by Paloma Picasso valued at $1,450
Second Prize: Lucien Piccard Men’s Watch valued at $395.00
Third Prize: Lucien Piccard Ladies Watch valued at $325.
Paloma Picasso is always to die for, but for sentimental reasons I’m going for the Piccards. See, a long long time ago, Lucien Piccard watches were one of The Big Payoff’s payoffs. I always wanted to be Bess Myerson, but minks are so un-PC, so I’ll go for a legendary watch which is also guaranteed manufactured with conflict-free diamonds.
TA-TUM: Finally, comes the annual NCFA adoption service awards. Don’t worry! Neither your nor I are getting them.
The Ruby Lee Piester Adoption Award (Passing of the Old Order Award): C. Harold Brown, former Gladney board member; Quad A lawyer, and oldtime NCFA board member and bag man.
Adoption Hall of Fame Award: Lillie Petit Gallagher, Director Emerita St. Elizabeth Foundation and organizer of St. Elizabeth Adoption Agency, New Orleans.
Rep. Jim McDermott, foster youth advocate who seems pretty normal.
Fred Riley former NCFA board member; Commissioner, L-d-S Family Services (LDSFS was a close runner-up for this year’s Demons in Adoption Award)
The Friend of Adoption Award:
Bang! Bang! Bang! Is that Dr. Pierce’s shoe banging on heaven’s floor?